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The Platinum Collection
The Platinum Collection

4.0 out of 5 stars TAKE A TRIP........., 16 Oct 2011
This review is from: The Platinum Collection (Audio CD)
...thru the ages of Genesis,apart from the tracks being in reverse order this is a flawless collection for the casual fan(like myself),i was never in thrall to Genesis the way i was for Floyd /Yes,truly only the epic 'Seconds Out' live disc being anything like a regular on my playlist so this is a fantastic way to collect their best..

Sound quality excellent,nice little booklet,if your looking for rarities then this isnt for you(thats what the box sets are for),for casual listeners really,does what it says on the tin.


Live In Armenia
Live In Armenia
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £12.31

8 of 8 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars hardly essential... 3.5 stars, 3 Oct 2011
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This review is from: Live In Armenia (Audio CD)
Live in Armenia doesn't roll off the tongue like 'Live at Budokan',doesn't quite have the same ring to it,i've had this for a week and im still swithering over a star rating(sitting on the fence with the 3.5 stars).As albums go its decent rather than outstanding,competent rather than fabulous,it is what it is,a souvenier for those that were there and a thoroghly deserved one at that,they waited long enough.

But the rest of us do we really need another live disc?,on the positive side there are several tracks from the impressive 'Wake The Sleeper' disc,must admit i hadnt realised the gig was recorded approx 2 years ago.The opening trio were made for the stage with 'Tears of the World' particularly impressive.

Other highlights would be a rockin' 'Look at Yourself', oldies 'Sunrise' and 'Sympathy' and the excellent 'Angels Walk With You',the downside for me is the production,Trevor Bolder nuetered for the most part and at time the drums sound like plastic tubs,how much say the band had in production is unknown,it may be the TV recording quality.

The Dvd is slightly better for sound(not much) but its a joy to see Mick Box smile as he peals off solo after solo while you get to see the human octopuss that is Russell Gilbrook as he thunders round the kit.

I've championed Bernie Shaw in other reviews but his performance here is up n down,his voice occasionally falters and he speaks rather than sings,his between song banter at times patronising and do we really need to hear him chastising the sudience about video camera's?,he seems a little preoccupied,jaded even,mistakenly referring to 'Stealin' from 1974's album SWEET FREEDOM and that WAKE THE SLEEPER was released 2 years earlier.

The audience on the other hand have waited a long time for this and they thoroughly enjoy themselves in restrained eastern european sort of way,the joy on the faces in the close ups tells its on story.

That i've had it a week and failed to sit through it ,all the way to the end each time tells a story,its ok not likely to be hailed a classic,it certainly wont trouble the excellent 'Future Echoes Of The Past'

For the price,its value for money a triple disc in trifold digipak,the booklet sums up the lacklustre nature of the release,no real info,no band input,you pay yer money you take your choice.
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Live 1973
Live 1973
Offered by EliteDigital UK
Price: £47.95

3.0 out of 5 stars rough and ready...3.5 stars, 26 Sep 2011
This review is from: Live 1973 (Audio CD)
much as i love heep,this disc has always been something of a disappointment,unlike say Purple's made in japan or Live Dates by wishbone ash this album does not enhance the bands reputation,although starting of well,side 1 on the original vinyl was excellent,the album collapses into shoddy self indulgence and a pitiful rock n roll medley,this was a real opportunity missed,interestingly the live '74 and kbfh - san diego '74 cd's show exactly the same traits,must have been the excesses of the time


The Dark Side Of The Moon [2011 - Original Recording Remastered] [Experience Edition]
The Dark Side Of The Moon [2011 - Original Recording Remastered] [Experience Edition]
Price: £9.99

147 of 158 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars sublime recording,quality music., 26 Sep 2011
This is my 3rd cd version of this album,also had the vinyl,way back in the day,couldnt help myself the carrot of the live disc sold me,so what do you need to know?

Disc 1 : is the original disc,remastered by James Guthrie again,his '94 remaster was perfect as far as i could tell and truth be told i cant really detect any noticeable difference,sometimes with these 'new' remasters i think you will convince yourself to hear something different.initially on first play i thought possibly a little clearer,the background voices slightly more audible,after a couple of listens with the headphones and comparing to the prev disc im not too sure.Whats not in dispute is this is a fantastic piece of music that has stood the test of time,beautifully arranged.played and recorded nearly 40 years ago,its hard to believe there will be a first time buyer,so i guess most will know already what their buying.

Disc 2 : now i've never heard any live 70's recordings of 'dark side...' so this was my principle reason for buying and its well worth it,clocking in at around 12 mins more than its studio counterpart there a couple of moments were the band add in a little extra,nothing too much to change the overall feeling and what a performance,all four members on fire and a sound quality that frankly stunned me,i thought a recording 37 years old may suffer but this is absolute quality and worth the purchase price alone.

The sound quality on the remaster is excellent so no worries there,the packaging ,well that a different story.the 2 discs are housed in a tri fold digi pak which the seams are already tearing,the housing for the discs quite tight,so beware when taking in/out,the booklet is very average,no improvement on the '94 remaster,just the lyrics and photos already available previously,all housed in a flimsy slipcase,if it wasnt such a superb musical release i would have been tempted to dock a star.

The rhetorical question of course is why not just release a live set from wembley '74? answers on a ten pound note to EMI.

Ultimately its the music that counts and this is a 10/10 on both cd's,a truly wonderful album with outstanding live bonus disc.
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Progressions Of Power
Progressions Of Power
Offered by rockboxcouk
Price: £10.95

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Thunder Rock, 23 Sep 2011
This review is from: Progressions Of Power (Audio CD)
Sticking closely to the template laid down by 1979's 'Just A Game' disc this album is another superb release from this Canadian trio.With a razorsharp production(enhanced by the remaster) the band come across as a cross between Van Halen (the flash) and Boston(the substance) on rockers such as the title track,the fantastic 'Natures Child' and 'Tear The Roof Off' and the more AOR sensibilities of 'Take My Heart','I can Survive' and 'In The Night' whilst the instrumental 'Finger Talkin' highlight Rik Emmetts prowess on guitar(i have to be honest,there were times back then when i thought he might actually rival Eddie Van Halen,as the new guy on the block),that just leaves the albums standout track 'Hard Road' which encapsulates everything great about this band(and this album),fantastic guitar driven rock,lush harmonies superb guitar solos,just mesmeric.

I cant recommend this album enough,i'm still gutted that i missed the show at the Glasgow Apollo 1980 on the UK tour supporting this album,they even talk about it in the booklet!!!!!!!!


Just A Game
Just A Game
Offered by jim-exselecky
Price: £12.99

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Just a Classic...., 23 Sep 2011
This review is from: Just A Game (Audio CD)
This was the first Triumph album i heard way back in 1980,it was stunning then,still stunning now,arguably the best disc they ever done.If you want dumb rock n roll anthems then look no further than 'Movin On' or 'American Girls',if its consumate AOR then check out the title track and 'Lay it on the Line',psuedo blues the enjoy 'Young Enough To Cry' while the acoustic class of 'Suitcase Blues ' should bring a contented smile.

3 musicians dove tailing perfectly with Rik Emmett(lead Guitar) the star.Quality North American rock smothered with harmonies to die for


The Naz Box
The Naz Box
Offered by skyvo-direct
Price: £19.43

23 of 24 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars HATS OFF TO SALVO, 21 Sep 2011
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This review is from: The Naz Box (Audio CD)
If as it would appear Salvo's Nazareth reissue campaign is coming to a close then they've chosen to go out on a high,this is a superb box set combining hit singles,album tracks,outakes,demos and live recordings,spread over 4 discs.

CD'S 1 & 2 Cover the studio output,with disc 1 covering the 70's and disc 2 the unenviable task of the 80's thru to present,all the hits are here 'Broken Down Angel,Bad Bad Boy,My White Bicycle,Love Hurts,This Flight Tonight etc with some choice album cuts,although most classic album cuts show up on the live discs,also included are the b'side 'Friends and non album single 'If You See My Baby'.

CD'S 3 & 4 are where the real interest begins,CD 3 contains live tracks from 1972/73 and 75 and although the publicity blurb states their all previously unreleased,im sure several of the 1972/73 tracks were on the BBC IN CONCERT LIVE disc released in the 90's.No matter its a fantastic collection including a 'Turn on your Reciever' jingle i'd never heard and outstanding live tracks such a 10 minute version of the Allman Brothers 'Black Hearted Woman' from 1972,a monstrous 'Woke Up This Morning/Boogie' from '73 and several excelent tracks from '75 including 3 songs from Dan's solo album played by the band alongside quite superlative versions of 'Changing Times' & 'Guilty',incidently the rest of the 1975 live session appears on the reissued 'Hair of the Dog ' disc.

If you thought that was good wait til you hear disc 4,opening with 6 tracks live from 1977 including a thundering 'Telegram' and a super heavy 'Born to Love' before presenting us with some unreleased demos/outakes,the best being 2 unreleased tracks from 72/73 'Paper Sun and Storm Warning' the latter absolutely superb and a mystery as to why it never made it,while the rest mostly from the 2xs/Sound Elixir and Snakes and Ladders discs throw in some curveballs including cover versions of ABBA'S 'S O S' and CREAM'S 'Sunshine Of Your Love' which although come from two extremes of the music genre's are both expertly done and highlight the versatility of Nazareth and why they are such a great band.

So in conclusion,although not a definitive collection(their are a few b'sides missing i believe) its a fine collection(if your a casual buyer you may want to start with the ANTHOLOGY 2 disc set first),for the die hards its a must buy.

Sound Quality is superb,the early live tracks can be a bit rough and ready,thats to be expected,as with the previous remasters Tim Turan has done a marvelous job

The packaging is pretty good, a hard back 'book' type cover,the cd holding tray slightly different to what i've seen before,bit flimsy could be quite easily broken and the cd's on the LHS side have a tendency to fall out when opening,indeed all 4 discs were loose when the package arrived.The book is a decent read,fairly informative although not a exhaustive detailed history,if you have already purchased the remasters then a fair amount of the essay and pictures will already be familiar.

At this price its a bargain and well worth investing in,hats of to Salvo for a superb reissue campaign(if your reading this how about reissuing Dan's solo albums?)
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Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Price: £12.27

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars career defining disc, 19 Sep 2011
This review is from: Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Audio CD)
Have to say i'm probably going to be at odds with the other reviewers in one respect,i dont believe this to be a long lost follow up to 1975's 'Welcome to my Nightmare',sure there are little references here and there,specifically the occasional piano piece reminding us of 'Steven' and the orchestration and refrains found in 'Overture' and of course the reunion of original members/Ezrin etc adds to the nostalgia,but for me the clues in the title,its not 'welcome to my nightmare 2' its 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare',for me its Alice's nightmare ,a career long nightmare and indeed this album references his whole career.

Take the track 'Last Man On Earth',its vaudeville performance could easily have come from the under rated 'Goes To Hell' disc as could the pure cornball fun of 'Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever;,while the stunning heartfelt ballad 'Something To Remember Me Bye' would have been at home on the classic 'From The Inside' from 1978.

So it continues, the manic 'Caffeine' woukld have been at home on 'The Last Temptation' while the garage rock of 'Runaway Train' returns to the 'Eyes Of Alice Cooper' disc,throw in the stones raunch of 'I'll Bite Your face off' which rivals the 'Billion Dollar Babies' sound.

This album rather than a concept follow up ,is a superb career defining disc,a journey thru Alice's nightmares one album after another,its a testament to his class that its also one of the best albums he's ever done and doesnt come across as a lame rehash(that many other bands are guilty of).

Well done to Alice and Co,he's pulled it off again,the ultimate ringmaster in control as always,turn the light down,slip the disc in the hifi and be transported to Alice's world,superb stuff,roll on Glasgow and Halloween.


Welcome 2 My Nightmare
Welcome 2 My Nightmare

2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars CAREER DEFINING DISC, 14 Sep 2011
This review is from: Welcome 2 My Nightmare (Audio CD)
Have to say i'm probably going to be at odds with the other reviewers in one respect,i dont believe this to be a long lost follow up to 1975's 'Welcome to my Nightmare',sure there are little references here and there,specifically the occasional piano piece reminding us of 'Steven' and the orchestration and refrains found in 'Overture' and of course the reunion of original members/Ezrin etc adds to the nostalgia,but for me the clues in the title,its not 'welcome to my nightmare 2' its 'Welcome 2 My Nightmare',for me its Alice's nightmare ,a career long nightmare and indeed this album references his whole career.

Take the track 'Last Man On Earth',its vaudeville performance could easily have come from the under rated 'Goes To Hell' disc as could the pure cornball fun of 'Disco Bloodbath Boogie Fever;,while the stunning heartfelt ballad 'Something To Remember Me Bye' would have been at home on the classic 'From The Inside' from 1978.

So it continues, the manic 'Caffeine' woukld have been at home on 'The Last Temptation' while the garage rock of 'Runaway Train' returns to the 'Eyes Of Alice Cooper' disc,throw in the stones raunch of 'I'll Bite Your face off' which rivals the 'Billion Dollar Babies' sound.

This album rather than a concept follow up ,is a superb career defining disc,a journey thru Alice's nightmares one album after another,its a testament to his class that its also one of the best albums he's ever done and doesnt come across as a lame rehash(that many other bands are guilty of).

Well done to Alice and Co,he's pulled it off again,the ultimate ringmaster in control as always,turn the light down,slip the disc in the hifi and be transported to Alice's world,superb stuff,roll on Glasgow and Halloween.


No Mean City
No Mean City
Price: £4.99

9 of 10 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars JUST GET INTO IT..ITS GREAT, 11 Sep 2011
This review is from: No Mean City (Audio CD)
The heavy metal Nazareth album many will tell you,i sometimes wonder if people listen with their eyes when it comes to this disc,wrapped in a Rodney Matthews sleeve,with the sinster FRED on the sleeve,it looks like a quintesential H M band sleeve but nothing could be further from the truth.It rocks like a Mutha but it aint heavy metal just classic rock Nazareth style.

Opening track 'Just Get Into It' carries on the tradition of opening with an out n out rocker,once again Manny Charltons production enhanced by this remaster,the vicious razor sharp guitars of Manny and Zal to the fore with Dan gargling with razor blades whilst the dependable rythmn section locked in a solid supporting role,magnificent stuff.So it continues from the heavy rock standard title track thru foot stompin rockers such as 'Simple Solution' and 'Claim To Fame' alongside the sing along class of 'May The Sunshine/Whatever You Want babe' to the simply beautiful balladic 'Star'.

This was a class album when first released,still is and this superb remaster does it justice ,superb digipak/booklet as is the norm for these Salvo reissues,the bonus tracks are thin on the ground,a single mix of 'May The Sunshine' and the unreleased instrumental 'Snaefell' which although well played is slightly out place tagged on at the end.Still another great release from SALVO.

This was the bands final release of the 70's and from Razamanaz(1973) thru to this release,has any other band had such a superb catalog of work,to these ears Nazareth are right up with the best of ANY other uk rock band.


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